Monday, May 13, 2013
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John R. Jensen, 71, of West Des Moines, died May 8, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 17, at 3 p.m., at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Private interment will be at the Waukee Cemetery. For more information, visit the Ernst Funeral Home website.
Monday, February 11, 2013
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Sandra Jean (Puffett) Huebner, 69, of West Des Moines died Feb. 5, 2013. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Lutheran Church of Hope. The family will greet friends at the church from 9:30-11 a.m. Monday. Full obituary at Hamilton’s Funeral and After Life Services. Gerry Van Ginkel, 88, of West Des Moines died Jan. 27. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 9, at West Des Moines Christian Church. Burial with full military honors will occur at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Full obituary on the Des Moines Register web site. David Heinemann Jr., 50, of Milo died Feb. 6, 2013. He grew up in West Des Moines and graduated from Valley High School. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. …
Monday, January 28, 2013
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Eileen R. Dawson, 92, of West Des Moines died Jan. 21, 2013. A memorial graveside service is planned in the spring at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in Des Moines. Isles Westover Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Read a full obituary on the Des Moines Register web site. Marjorie Ann Miller, 76, of West Des Moines died Jan. 22, 2013. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today (Monday) at the Slater United Methodist Church in Slater. Adams & Soderstrum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Read a full obituary in the Des Moines Register. John M. Peterson, 93, of West Des Moines died Jan. 21, 2013. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. today (Monday) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. McClaren’s Chapel at Reshaven Cemetery is in …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Funeral is today at Dunn's Chapel.
A funeral for Jordan Alexander Louis, 20, of West Des Moines will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dunn’s Chapel. He died Jan. 22, 2013. He was a graduate of Valley High School and was attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls at the time of his death. Survivors include his parents, Mark and Denise Louis; sister, Jessica Louis; grandparents, Dennis (Diann) Unruh of Lincoln, NE, and Jim (Sue) Louis of Carroll, IA; great-grandmother Marie Speyer of Carroll, IA, and many other relatives and friends. More information about services and additional obituary information may be found on the Isles Funeral Home website.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Memorial contributions for local stage legend will help build a new home for the Des Moines Playhouse.
Actor Jack Mishler of West Des Moines, remembered as an amazing talent, mentor and wonderful human being who graced metro stages for more than 65 years, died Saturday in Florida at the age of 89. He won local audiences’ hearts in a host of roles, whether he was portraying Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” tap-dancing his way across the stage in “Gypsy” or “How to Succeed in Business” or claiming “Once in Love with Amy” from “Where’s Charley?” as his signature song. He was most at home on the stage of the Des Moines Playhouse, where he performed for the first time in 1942 in “Ah, Wilderness!” opposite Cloris Leachman, a Des Moines native who went on to become one of the most honored television actors of all time. Leachman, Mishler’s lifelong …
Ruth Anderson was the first African-American Black Hawk County social services director, the first African-American Black Hawk County supervisor and helped make inroads for female professors at the University of Northern Iowa.
Ruth Anderson, 91, a locally beloved and nationally-recognized civil rights leader, died at her Waterloo home Tuesday after a long illness. Anderson was known for her long history of forging new ground. She was the first African-American Black Hawk County social services director and the first African-American Black Hawk County supervisor. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported on her tenure at the University of Northern Iowa, where she paved the way for other female professors: Anderson became a professor of social work at UNI, where she won a legal battle with the university and was awarded a full professorship with tenure after having previously been passed over. The out-of-court settlement was seen as a major victory for female …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Emily Weikert Scholarship Fund at West Bank.
Funeral services for West Des Moines native Emily Weikert, 25, who died last week after she was shot in a Denver suburb, will be held at noon Friday at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 720 Grand Ave. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 1601 Westown Parkway. Burial will be at Jordan Creek Cemetery in West Des Moines. The following obituary is published on Hamilton’s website: Emily was born on May 25, 1987 in Sioux City, IA to Kellie and Rod Weikert. She died on December 27. She graduated with honors from Valley High School and Iowa State University. After graduation Emily moved to Colorado and worked for CoBank. She had a zest for life; with a joy of travel and various activities. She belonged …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Family, friends and the community gathered in Cedar Falls to celebrate the life and love of Elizabeth Collins, whose body was discovered with her cousin Lyric Cook-Morrissey after a search that lasted nearly five months.
Hope, not despair, was the theme of the night Thursday as the community gathered to bid farewell to one of its stolen children, Elizabeth Collins. Elizabeth, 8, was mourned not just by her family and friends, but by thousands of people who spent months searching and praying for her and her cousin, Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, after the two girls disappeared while riding their bikes one sunny July day. "It’s a celebration for her," Elizabeth's mother Heather Collins said as around 1,500 people filled Heartland Vineyard Church in Cedar Falls. Countless others watched the service live on the local and regional news. "I know she’ll be looking down on us, smiling and dancing along with us and singing." The "Life and Love of Elizabeth" ceremony …
Elizabeth Collins and her cousin Lyric Cook-Morrissey, of Evansdale, went missing July 13. Their bodies were recently discovered. A 'Life and Love Celebration' and visitation will be held for Elizabeth tonight.
A "Life and Love" service in honor of Elizabeth Collins is taking place in Cedar Falls tonight. Collins, 8, and her cousin, Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, of Evansdale, disappeared while riding their bikes near Meyers Lake July 13. Their bodies were discovered in a wooded area of Bremer County last week. Heartland Vineyard Church, at 405 Greenhill Road, Cedar Falls, will have a visitation and service for Elizabeth tonight, Dec. 13. The visitation is 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the service to begin at 7 p.m. The church also plans to offer a live stream of the funeral on its website. Other media outets, including KWWL and KCRG, are also planning live coverage. A service for Lyric will be held separately. Her mother, Misty Morrissey, grandmother …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Respected for her civility, a beloved state senator “shared her grace” with Iowans and “left a significant void,” Gov. Terry Branstad says in the eulogy.
Family, friends and a parade of state officials and dignitaries said goodbye Friday morning to a state senator known for her firm, yet civil, voice on the Statehouse floor and her passion for public service. They remembered Senator Petricia S. "Pat" Ward as a fighter – not only against breast cancer, the disease that claimed her life Monday – but for all Iowans. Though gravely ill, Ward continued to fight for Iowans in a Senate race that friends said she wanted badly to win because she didn’t think her work was finished. Gov. Terry Branstad said Ward “defined teamwork” and was “one of those rare individuals who worked with everyone at a time when confidence in public servants is eroding.” “She met her adversaries with courage and …